Do you have worn down or damaged teeth? Did you injure a tooth creating an uncomfortable bite? If so, your dentist can restore your smile with a tooth crown. At Nova Dental, we can provide you with a porcelain ceramic dental crown in Gaithersburg, MD that will blend in with the rest of your teeth.
What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown, often called a “cap”, is simply a false tooth that your dentist will place over your natural tooth. The purpose of it is to protect the natural tooth and give it strength so it does not have to be extracted. Your dentist will custom make the crown to resemble a tooth and make sure it blends in with the rest of your teeth. It will completely encase the tooth and sit right at the gum line.
Dr. Stan Nova is an expert restorative dentist that offers dental crown treatment to help restore oral health. He not only uses crowns for cosmetic purposes and to cap off dental implants and other restorations with teeth crowns. A custom made crown can help patients eat, speak, and chew without discomfort.
- Protect and strengthen a tooth after a root canal
- Replace old tooth fillings
- Repair a large broken or chipped tooth
- Support a tooth with a large crack
- Change the appearance of a crooked or misshapen tooth
- Whiten teeth that are discolored, stained or yellow
- Close gaps in between teeth
- Lengthen teeth that are too short
- Cap off a dental implant
Dental Crown in Gaithersburg, MD
Before placing a dental crown, our office uses digital x-rays and CBCT scans during the dental exam. This advanced dental technology allows us to capture detailed images of the mouth. Preparing your custom dental crown treatment plan is easier and more accurate. This will ensure that you receive the best possible end results.
Dental implant treatment will require a few trips to our dental practice. During the first visit, we will prepare the tooth by removing all the decay or reducing the size of the tooth. We will use local anesthetic to ensure that you are comfortable during this part of the treatment. Our dental staff will take several dental impressions. We will use them to create a temporary dental crown and we will also send them to a local dental lab. We will place the temporary crown which will protect the tooth until your next appointment.
At the dental lab, the lab tech will use the impressions to craft your custom crown from porcelain ceramic. This typically only takes about two weeks. Once we receive your crown from lab, we will book your next appointment.
At your final appointment, we remove the temporary crown. Then, we will check the crown for color and shape to ensure a natural fit and look. Your dentist will cement the crown in place and make any final adjustments.
It will take some time for you to get used to the crown. We suggest that your avoid hard or crunchy foods directly after treatment. Slowly working from soft to hard foods will help you get accustom to your new restoration.
Benefits of a Porcelain Dental Crown
- They are very strong and can last for 15 years or longer.
- Will protect the tooth from more damage and decay.
- We can match the color of the porcelain to match your natural teeth.
- The material is very stain resistant.
- Very easy to care for.
- May reduce tooth sensitivity
- They are very comfortable and feel like natural teeth.
Dental Crown FAQs
Do you want to know more about tooth crowns and similar restorative treatments? Read answers to these popular questions about crowns below:
Do dental crowns look natural?
Yes, because we use porcelain materials in our dental crowns, they look and feel like natural teeth. We take impressions of the teeth to ensure that each crown matches the color and shape of each tooth. Additionally, porcelain dental crowns offer durability. Patients can bite and chew normally with their porcelain crowns like they are healthy teeth.
Why would I need a crown after a dental filling?
Sometimes, patients who receive a root canal still have weakened or worn teeth. Dental infections can create cavities in the middle of the tooth, compromising the tooth structure. While dental fillings seal the tooth chamber, dental crowns add more structure to the tooth. Crowns also add a layer of protection against harmful bacteria.
What are inlays and onlays?
Also known as partial crowns, inlays and onlays do not fully cover teeth but address a different part of the enamel. Inlays cover the chewing surface of the tooth between the tooth cusps while onlays cover the tooth sides and chewing surface. They are separate pieces we attach to the tooth, like dental crowns. We can create these restorations out of composite or porcelain materials to blend in with the smile.
Address an injured or damaged tooth with a dental crown in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Call Nova Dental at (240) 226-1482. You may also request a dental appointment with our dentists on our website. At your next consultation, please let us know if you have questions about the dental crown treatment.